Garden City, NY (PRWEB) October 17, 2012
Members and guests of the NAPW West Valley, CA Local Chapter gathered on September 25th for a professional networking meeting at Maggiano’s Italian Restaurant. Members and guests enjoyed a delicious three-course Italian dinner in a private banquet room while networking and discussing future plans for the newly launched Chapter. Maggiano’s charged only $25 per person for the dinner and generously agreed to lower the minimum number of attendees as the West Valley, CA Local Chapter continues to grow.
Chapter President Trisha Malin kicked off the meeting by welcoming all to the September networking event, particularly the Chapter’s newest members and guests. She spoke about the evening’s agenda and how she hoped to have an open discussion among all of the attendees.
“At this meeting, and all future West Valley Chapter meetings, I welcome everyone’s input and feedback on how to build our Chapter and set goals for what we would like to accomplish,” said Trisha.
After members and guests had some time to socialize and eat their dinner, the Chapter President invited everyone to introduce themselves and add their business card to the basket for a surprise door prize to be announced at the end of the evening. September’s door prize was a chance to win services at a beauty salon in Encino, CA, owned by guest attendee Lisa Robertson.
One by one, members and guests stood up and spoke briefly about themselves, what they do, their passions, and what they are looking to gain as a West Valley, CA Local Chapter member.
Each person also shared their contact information with the group. Trisha then asked the group to give some thought to a number of topics, and to email suggestions to her before the next meeting.
“I would like to begin the process of implementing initial endeavors and activities for the West Valley Local Chapter and encourage everyone to contribute their thoughts and ideas,” she said. “Suggestions for how we might help support our community, a local nonprofit organization, etc., will be discussed at the next Local Chapter meeting.”
She told attendees to think about a fun, holiday event the Chapter could engage in as a group, such as a ‘ladies night out’ to the movies, bowling, overnight event, etc. Members and guests were also asked to think about the next meeting’s door prize. Trisha requested information be forwarded to her so that arrangements could be made to have the winner of the last door prize pick the winner for the upcoming meeting.
“I encourage everyone to approach the local merchant community to support our Chapter and offer door prizes, which in turn will bring them new customers,” Trisha suggested to the group.
Members in attendance at the September 25th Chapter meeting were: Dyana Terranova, Tina Reeve, Jennifer Deras, Melissa Phillips, Trisha Malin, and Danielle Bovard; guests attending included: Anna Sakvarelidze (guest of Dyana Terranova), Christen Berman (guest of Trisha Malin), Suzy Roth (guest of Trisha Malin), Kristy Melton (guest of Jennifer Deras), Lisa Robertson (guest of Suzy Gruzen), Lynn Raynor (guest of Trisha Malin), and Susan Barnett (guest of Trisha Malin).
Registered members present for the June 6th meeting included: Tina Reeve, Majorie Haas, and Trisha Malin; guests attending included: Jennifer Deras (guest of Tina Reeve), Suzy Gruzen (guest of Trisha Malin), Linda Bale (guest of Trisha Malin), Debbi Lund (guest of Trisha Malin), Christen Berman (guest of Trisha Malin), Susan Barnett (guest of Trisha Malin), and Nancy LaSota (guest of Trisha Malin).
Tina Reeve: Employee Benefits Advisor for Leavitt Insurance Services of Los Angeles. Leavitt is the second largest privately held Insurance broker in the U.S., which is an important distinction.
Tina has over 20 years of experience in the employee benefits field.
Majorie Haas: We understand she has moved away from the area and is no longer a member.
The National Association of Professional Women (NAPW) is the largest and most recognized network of female professionals. NAPW provides a forum where women can interact, exchange ideas, educate, network, and empower. NAPW Local Chapters allow members to maximize their experience through meetings, networking opportunities, and professional events.